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Nicki Minaj in Teen Vogue June/July 2013: People Treat This Business Like It's High School

Posted Monday May 13, 2013 1:21 PM GMT

She's never one to hold her tongue, and now Nicki Minaj is slamming the entire music industry in the June/July 2013 issue of Teen Vogue.

Striking a cheerleader pose for the front page shot, the "Super Bass" songstress compared the cut-throat industry to high school drama.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Minaj's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Teen Vogue!

On refusing to sugarcoat her feelings:
"People treat this business like it's high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can't be bothered. I can't allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can't be nice to someone just because they're hot right now. I can't do it."

On her fears and struggles while growing up:
"Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant i'd have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me?... Sometimes there'd be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn't going to be pushed around."

On worrying less about other people's opinions:
I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison."

Photo Credit: Teen Vogue